Matta - LATIN AMERICA New York Wednesday, September 29, 2010 | Phillips
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  • Artist Biography


    Chilean • 1911 - 2002

    After graduating from university in Santiago in 1935 with a degree in architecture, Roberto Matta traveled to Europe where he met André Breton, the founder of the Surrealist movement in Europe. In 1938, he began painting and moved to the United States for ten years. During this period he sought to evoke the human psyche in his work, inspired by Freudian psychoanalysis. Matta's works became increasingly dominated by a socio-political element, which broke from the conventions of Surrealism.

    Matta was also a seminal figure in Abstract Expressionism but broke away from this too to develop a highly personal artistic vision. His mature works blend abstraction with elements of figuration and fantastically-conceived, multi-dimensional space. He was heavily involved in the social movements of the 1960s and '70s and a strong supporter of Salvador Allende's socialist government.

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Ouvre l'intstant

Aquatint in colors with embossing and hand coloring, on Arches paper.
26 3/8 x 20 in. (67 x 50.8 cm).
Signed and annotated `Essai' in pencil (a trial proof, the edition was 100), published by Editions Georges Visat, Paris (with their inkstamp on the reverse), framed.

$1,500 - 2,500 


29 September 2010
New York